I love seeing how students take ownership in bringing friends that do not know Jesus. Here is the decision count from last night’s I <3 Night. Isn't it awesome?
I am excited to kickoff our new series tonight for #SHIFTstudents. Series title is “Who is He?” We will be spending the next six weeks articulating who Jesus was. We will be looking at themes like, “Jesus as the Messiah,” and “Jesus as the Son of David.” There are a total of six themes we will be looking at in this series. Please pray that God speaks through our teaching team and that lives are changed for God’s glory. Make sure to check it out. Bring a friend. You can even invite a friend to our online feed. Here is the url: http://live.mediasocial.tv/ccv.
Could you pray for me over these three items this week?
• Pray for my trip to Harare, Zimbabwe. I leave Friday with a team of 8 other people. (We will be working with an organization in Zimbabwe, helping work on schools, leading sports camps/vacation bible schools, and some leadership development with church leaders in the area.)
• Pray for our staff as we are in the midst of transition. Jeremiah Mullins, our creative/worship director, announced this past week he accepted a position at a church in Oklahoma and will be leaving.
• Pray for me as I plan and prepare for this next season of ministry. (i.e. SHIFT Next Gen Ministries and CCV’s plans for expansion)
I am asking for prayer because without prayer in these three areas, I do not know how they would end up. Thank you. Take care and God Bless
What a Ride,
It is a blessing to be a part of the next-gen team at Christ’s Church of the Valley. One of the reasons it is a blessing is because of the students that attend our Student Ministries and College Ministries. They are so passionate about changing this world for Christ. I have probably learned more from them, then they have learned from me.
This is why I am so excited about this next series in our Student Ministries. It is going to be a complete series led by students. They will be in charge of everything— from setup to tear down, from announcements to preaching, all of it.
This series will be based on 1 Timothy 4:12, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.”
As students lead out in this, I would like to ask you to join me out in these three things.
1. Pray for the students leading this series
2. Pray for everyone that comes in contact with this series
3. Spread the word (share on facebook, text message people, whatever it takes)
We just closed out our last series at SHIFT Students called “Flickr of Hope, ” and wow was it powerful. In this three-week sermon series we discussed why does bad things happen to good people, orphans, and death. These were three powerful, but difficult topics to discuss. It was amazing to see as God brought freedom to so many lives.
I just got done reading some cards students wrote after week 2, discussing orphans. I thought you would like to see some of these prayers by students. Here are only 3 of over 400 cards/prayers written:
“I pray that people will seek you out in the midst of their brokenness and understand you are always there. Allow us to find ways to be world changers for you.”
“I pray for my friend that is broken. Her dad verbally abuses her and uses everything they have to buy alcohol instead of providing for the family. Bring peace to my friend and allow her to know you are there with her every step of the way.”
“Dear God, I pray for the 7 year old _______, who is adopted by a large family that doesn’t truly care for him. I pray that love, joy, and happiness come his way. I pray that his own family doesn’t take advantage of him. Protect him from all harm and guide him in your loving path. Speak to his heart so that he may grow up to a strong, loving, kind, hopeful man who follows you with all that he has. In your name I pray, Amen.”
Please, continue to join not only SHIFT Students in prayer, but also ALL ministries in this Valley as we attempt to see a revival for Jesus Christ. Socal Revival here we come…
This past Saturday I drove around in anticipation to see the results of “Cover the Night” from the non-profit organization, Invisible Children. “Cover the Night” was a night where Invisible Children encouraged people, young and old, to purposefully affix posters around their local neighborhoods. This attempt was to make Joseph Kony famous so people around the country would rally around this cause to display to the American government that Kony needs to be arrested for his unjust deeds.
Regardless of your support, or contention, towards Invisible Children and this cause, this attempt to get people to move was a valid attempt. But it didn’t work. Some people say it was a failure. The YouTube video, Kony 2012, had over 88 million views going into the April 20th “Cover the Night” event. Even with everything that people were saying they were going to do, little was done.
As I was riding my motorcycle around town to see the success of this night I noticed something, I saw more Yard Sale signs than Kony 2012 signs. What? Why? There were over 88 million views, countless conversations over this, but yet little was done. I don’t get it. This next generation is supposed to be the generation that rallies around causes like this.
Well maybe, that’s not the case after all. Because right now I see more words than action and this scares me. I am not saying I have the answer, but I do have a question, “What is it actually going to take to get people to move?”